Reading Festival

Love music? Brexit will be a lose-lose for British bands, artists & festivals. Musicians need free movement rights & full Single Market access
especially on tour.

Don’t Let Brexit Steal Your Future.

This weekend, was enormous fun at Reading festival talking with festival goers with their whole life ahead of them to find out what they think about Europe and Brexit.

What a complete pleasure. We met lively, positive kids who are completely clear: They want to Stop Brexit.

Everyone we spoke with who was over 18 was already registered to vote. Those I met who are 16 or 17 are looking forward to the opportunity to do so. One young woman, indeed, asked if we would kindly hold off any general election until after September 9th so that she can take part.
Jo, Jeremy, Johnson … if you wouldn’t mind? 

It was terrific to meet Femi from Our Future Our Choice. If you haven’t seen his videos about Europe yet, try this – one of my favourites.

This is cross-party campaigning, organised by  #OpenBritain and #BerkshireforEurope, and it is going on all weekend – Great work, guys! Saturday, I was with Rachel Eden from Reading’s Labour Council and Adrian Betteridge, one of the campaign organisers, who until recently was a convinced Conservative. I am pleased to report that Adrian has seen the light and is now a signed up Liberal Democrat. Welcome, Adrian. It is great to have you on board.

If you would like to join us – sign up here. 

Finally, thank you to EVERYONE who stopped to talk to us and tell us what you think. And to everyone who took a sticker or signed the petition to help spread the message:

#StopBrexit

Don’t Let Brexit Steal Your Future!    

**Lib Dems WIN in Brecon!**

Fantastic news today. Jane Dodds and the local Liberal Democrat team just WON the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election!

This result proves again that the Lib Dems are back and are a huge force to be reckoned with in British politics. 

We have burst Boris Johnson’s bubble in the first week of his premiership. We have reduced his majority in Parliament to just one vote.

I am also delighted that Brecon and Radnorshire are now being represented by an excellent woman. Jane was the first Council candidate I ever delivered for. She was excellent then, and will be an excellent MP now.

The Liberal Democrats have a positive vision for a richer, greener and safer future – within the EU.

Hundreds of people have joined the Lib Dems this morning on seeing the news that we can take on Boris Johnson and win.

Will you join us today?

   

Brecon & Radnor – Tomorrow, Weds 31st July

Jane Dodds

The Brecon and Radnorshire by-election is this week 
Thursday, 1st August.

 

Can you join us to help get out the vote TOMORROW, Wednesday 31st July?

 

There is a real chance that we can steal this seat away from the Conservatives – but only if we get the vote out.

Jane Dodds is a terrific candidate – and the first Councillor for whom I ever campaigned. She is Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats and will make a brilliant MP.

I am taking a car of activists on WEDNESDAY 31st July to join the work to Get Out the Vote. If you would like to join us, please message me via Facebook messenger (Judith Bunting MEP) to arrange where to meet. Or contact me by text, if you already have my phone number. 

Pick up:

  • Reading area: ~08:00
  • Newbury/Thatcham area: ~08:30
  • Hungerford area: ~09:00

Please message or text before 8pm TODAY Tuesday to arrange pick up.

I look forward to seeing you. 

World Environment Day – Lib Dems tackle air pollution crisis

Today, Liberal Democrats in Westminster are tabling a bill to give local authorities more powers to issue fines to idling vehicles. 

The Bill will increase penalties for stationary vehicle idling offences, as well as increasing fines for those who repeatedly offend.

In 2002 councils in England were given powers to serve fixed penalty notices of £20 to drivers who refuse to turn off their engines when asked by a traffic warden.

This Conservative Government, however, has failed to take air pollution seriously. They have lost numerous court cases over their inability to tackle the toxic fumes that Britain breathes every day. Liberal Democrats demand better.

Air pollution continues to be the number one environmental cause of early death in the EU, with estimates of over 400 000 premature deaths per year. Public awareness of air pollution is high and citizens expect the authorities to act. 

The legislation tabled today by the Lib Dems Climate Change spokesperson, Wera Hobhouse MP, is a crucial step in tackling our air pollution crisis. It will allow local authorities to clamp down on idling without the need to apply to the Government first, and it will enable them to increase fines on repeat offenders.

We must do more to tackle both the climate emergency and the air pollution crisis. Tories in Westminster must stop wilfully ignoring the problem and back the Bill.

Thank You for your support.

Thank you, thank you to everyone who voted for the Liberal Democrats in the European elections 2019. You are amazing.

HUGE THANKS
Huge thanks go in particular to the campaigners across the South East of England who bundled, delivered, tweeted, facebooked and put up those fabulous stake boards and posters. With little media coverage, this is what we rely on to get our message out.

RESULTS
The Liberal Democrat vote in the South East of England more than tripled. We elected three MEPs. Please seek us out on social media. You can read about us, here:

ACROSS THE UK
In a fantastic result spread across the UK, Liberal Democrats elected 16 MEPs. Our biggest team ever. This is a clear indication that people want to STOP BREXIT.

REMAIN WON
The papers are parading a Brexit Party victory, but the total vote for all the Remain-leaning parties clearly outweighs UKIP and the Brexit Party.

  • Lib Dems, Greens, SNP, Plaid and Change UK – all backers of a second referendum polled 39.1%.
  • No-dealers, Ukip and the Brexit Party collectively achieved just 33.7%.

It’s not often that I post links to the Daily Telegraph, but it is particularly sweet to read their report on the result: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/05/27/won-uks-european-elections-leave-remain/

Here, in the South East of England, Nigel Farage’s home territory, we held the Brexit Party to four seats only – the same number of seats that UKIP won in 2014. This time, UKIP won no seats. There was no improvement in representation for Leave.

LIBERAL DEMOCRAT MEPs
You can find out more about the full Liberal Democrat team across the UK, here: https://www.libdems.org.uk/meps

THIS IS NOT THE END
I will write more in the next day or so, but this is just the beginning. Our campaign to Stop Brexit goes on and will continue until we win a People’s Vote.

JOIN US
If you would like to join the team – please sign up here:
https://www.libdems.org.uk/joining-us

We’re leading the fight for an Exit from Brexit

Read the Liberal Democrat manifesto for the European elections 2019, here: https://www.libdems.org.uk/manifesto

Liberal Democrats believe that Britain is better off in the EU. That’s why we’re fighting for an Exit from Brexit.

The Conservatives are making a mess of Brexit, and the Labour Leadership continues to support them.

The Liberal Democrats want to give you the final say on the Brexit deal.

You should be able to choose whether the deal is the right deal for Britain’s future. If it’s not, then you should be able to reject it and remain in the European Union.

Newbury Weekly News: Report on EU voting and background information on Lib Dem Candidate #3.

Report, above, from the Newbury Weekly News. This includes a ittle background on me and what my main aims for this election are, which will not come as a surprise.

It also includes a handy guide to the EU voting system and, rather gloriously, a profile of Elizabeth O’Keefe, Cllr for Newbury Central, who takes over the Newbury Mayorship this coming weekend.

Change UK’s lead Scottish candidate endorses Lib Dems as party of Remain

“I have decided to end my candidacy for Change UK effective immediately. I am now calling for those in favour of remaining in the European Union, including all supporters of Change UK in Scotland, to do what is best for our collective voice in Europe and to support the Scottish Liberal Democrats in the upcoming European election.”

Lead Change UK candidate for Scotland, Cllr David Macdonald, said: 

“It has been an honour to be the lead candidate for Change UK for election to the European Parliament for the Scotland electoral region. This new party is genuinely a force for good in British politics and all of their supporters, candidates and elected members have played an integral part in trying to reshape the way in which politics is done in this country for the better. For my involvement within that movement I will be forever grateful. 

“After a great deal of reflection on the political landscape we are facing in Scotland at present, I have come to the point where I have realised that I must do what is best for the future of this country before anything else. If things continue as they are,  the remain vote will split in Scotland and put at risk the representation that supporters of remaining in the European Union so collectively desire. 

“For that reason I have decided to end my candidacy for Change UK effective immediately. I am now calling for those in favour of remaining in the European Union, including all supporters of Change UK in Scotland, to do what is best for our collective voice in Europe and to support the Scottish Liberal Democrats in the upcoming European election to better ensure that they gain representation and secure a seat in these European elections.   

“Over the past three weeks I have campaigned passionately for a new type of politics. A politics that is based on mutual respect, common understanding and shared values. I believe the action that I am taking today is consistent with those ideals.”

Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie MSP added:

“This will have been a difficult decision for David as he clearly admires those in Change UK as do I.  David has recognised the emerging political landscape and rightly felt he had to act to unite the remain vote behind the Liberal Democrats.

“I invite each and every person across Scotland who wants to stop Brexit, no matter where their political loyalties have lain before, to lend their vote to the Liberal Democrats and fight for a positive future inside the EU.

“Brexit will cause immeasurable harm to every corner of Britain. We can’t let that happen. 

“If pro-Europeans unite and back the Liberal Democrats we can end the chaos and uncertainty.

“Voters have the opportunity to put a stop to the chaos on May 23rdby voting Liberal Democrat and demanding to stop Brexit.

“I want to thank David for taking this important step.”

Environment: Lib Dem form

If you want strong representation on environmental and other green issues in Europe, please read the post below. Where the environment is concerned, we have form:

While in government Liberal Democrats doubled renewable energy generation in the UK and planted 1 million trees. We extended the coastal path and set up the zero energy homes initiative. 

Read on for more information about the amazing work done by Ed Davey and the team on renewable energy and the environment, 2010 – 2012:

Renewable Energy and Environmental Action

Under Ed Davey’s determined stewardship as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, 2012 – 2015, somewhat to the consternation of conservatives such as Owen Paterson and George Osborne, the UK saw a massive investment in renewables and general toughening of environmentally protective policies.

Key facts:

  • Electricity generation from renewable sources doubled.
  • Renewable energy supplied 15% of the UK’s electricity, when the Liberal Democrats left government in 2015.
  • The average annual investment in renewables more than doubled 2012 – 2015.    
  • 2013, alone, saw £8bn investment in renewables.
  • Overall, a record, £37bn was secured for investment renewable-sourced electricity.
  • Solar PV investment 2011 – 2013 = £6.4 billion. Rather wonderfully, the cost of solar installation halved, 2010 – 2015.
  • Biomass and Bioenergy 2010 – 2013 = £6.3bn investment.
  • We supported carbon capture and storage research to the tune of £1bn – not bad for research funding.  
  • We established the world’s first Green Investment Bank
  • The Liberal Democrats led Europe to agree a new more ambitious EU-wide climate change target
  • We planted more than 1 million trees.
  • We halted Conservative plans to scrap Natural England and give up on the England Coast Path.
  • We secured safe funding for the coastal project.

European Elections 2019

If you are a Green supporter, in the European Elections 2019 please lend the Liberal Democrats your vote.

I hate to ask this, but our track record shows how we care about the environment. We are more likely to #StopBrexit and achieve change if we can focus the vote on one party.